If you feel that your lips are too small, there are some tricks that can help. From lipstick to lip gloss or just a pencil or even naturally plumping lotions and balms we will tell you how to make your lips look bigger with makeup.
Makeup for bigger lips can be difficult, but you don’t have to sacrifice your look just because you’re not ready to get lip injections. There are plenty of ways to get the look you want without going under the knife.
Here are some tips for making your lips look fuller with makeup:
1) Use a lip liner that’s one shade darker than your natural lip color, and apply it all over the outer edge of your lips. It should help give the impression of fuller lips without drawing attention away from them by applying too much color.
2) Apply a highlighter shade of lipstick on top of the liner in order to highlight your natural shape and add depth to your overall look. You can also use this trick to make thin lips appear fuller by adding more color around their edges.
3) Try using a lip gloss or balm overtop of your lipstick or lip liner for an extra boost! This will make it look like you have perfect lips even when they’re not naturally perfect–just like how concealer works on blemishes or acne scars!
Makeup for bigger lips
Full, supple lips are having a moment. Everyone from Tana Mongeau to Kylie Jenner have made headlines for their prominent pouts, and you can’t open TikTok without seeing lip-plumping videos. The influx of influencers rocking thicc lips has many hopping on Google to find out how to make lips bigger. While some celebs opt for lip fillers on the reg, there are less invasive and expensive options that can transform your lips — and the best part is you probably have everything you need in your makeup collection. Heavily contoured and over-lined lips (shout out to the Kar-Jenners for innovating) are popular ways to enhance your pout, but there are other hacks, too.
Double Board Certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, lead facial plastic surgeon of DeRosa Center Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Boston, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Florida, shares the best ways to make lips bigger with non-permanent hacks that will level up your lips in no time.
This is step number one, and it’s so important. Before you try any other hacks, exfoliate your lips first. Flaky lips reflect less light, which means a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller than they actually are. “Your lips will look healthier,” Dr. DeRosa, who swears by the Sara Happ Lip Scrub, says.
KYLIE SKIN Sugar Lip Scrub
$21 at Ulta Beauty
fresh Sugar Lip Polish Exfoliator
$18 at Sephora
tarte Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant
$8 at Sephora
Pure Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub
$13 at L’Oreal
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Have you ever noticed that when you forget your Hydro Flask at home, your lips look really freaking small by the end of the day? That’s because they’re dehydrated. “When your body is dehydrated, your lips literally shrivel up and disappear,” Dr. DeRosa says. Along with drinking lots of water, Dr. DeRosa suggests incorporating additional hydration with humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to nourish the lips. The extra moisture helps “increase the amount of water in your lips.” Along with hydrating, these moisturizing properties act as humectants “which helps to soften and strengthen the outer layer of the skin,” and as an “occlusive, “which seal the hydration in,” Dr. DeRosa advises.
PCA SKIN PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster (0.24 fl. oz.)
$47 at Dermstore
Lip Service Hydrating Line Lifter
$48 at hydropeptide.com
BIOSSANCE Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm
$14 at biossance.com
Indeed Labs Hydraluron+ Volumising Lip Treatment
$15 at Ulta Beauty
3. Over-line your lips
Before Kylie Jenner surgically enhanced her lips, she used to use this trick to make them appear bigger.
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Even though this makeup trick is a beauty vlogger favorite, it’s really easy to do yourself. The trick is to put on concealer before your lip color to blur the line between your lips and your face. This makeup trick is a beauty vlogger favorite, and it’s actually really easy to do yourself. Apply your go-to concealer to your lips, then trace slightly outside your natural lip line using a lip liner. From there, just fill in your lips with the matching lipstick, or just use the liner for your whole pout.
4. Highlight with gloss
This two-second trick will help draw attention to your lips. Grab your favorite clear lip gloss or pick a shade that matches your lipstick color, then apply a dab of the gloss onto the middle of both of your lips. The shimmery product picks up light, making your pout look fuller.
$3 at ELF Cosmetics
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
$20 at Sephora
NARS Afterglow Lip Shine
$26 at NARS Cosmetics
essence cosmetics What the Fake! Plumping Lip Filler
$5 at Amazon
5. Try a plumping treatment or a lip plumping gloss
Lip plumping treatments are a fan-favorite option that provides great results. Dr. DeRosa recommends steering clear of treatments that enhance lips by “increasing inflammation to create extra blood flow to the lips” because “they can dry out lips in the long rung” due to the addition of ingredients like “cinnamon, ginger, chili flaxes/capsaicin, peppermint, and menthol.”
Instead, Dr. DeRosa suggests plumping treatments that “increase immediate hydration and promote collagen production.” Peptides are a good option. “Palmitoyl tripeptides are chains of amino acids that make up collagen. Using peptides on the lips can help to produce more collagen in the lips,” she says. Grande Lips, Dr. Dennis Gross, Buxom, and Lawless all make great options.
Grande LIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper | Gloss
$27 at grandecosmetics.com
Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion
$30 at Dermstore
Buxom Full-On™ Plumping Lip Polish Gloss
$21 at Sephora
LAWLESS Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask
$21 at Sephora
6. Double up on nude lip colors
Looking for bigger lips? What you really need is dimension, sis. Layering color amps up your pout easily. Here’s how: Apply one shade all over your mouth, then top it with a slightly lighter color (or even a white lip crayon) in the middle of your lips and then blend.
Along with making your lips look bigger, it’ll help even out your lips. If you have a fuller top lip and a smaller bottom lip (or vice versa), try only applying the lighter shade to the smallest lip.
7. Line with concealer after lipstick
Ever wonder how influencers get that FaceTune-perfect lipstick line? Well, partly from FaceTune, but it’s mostly thanks to this concealer hack. Yes, you should be applying concealer before and after your lipstick. Use a skinny brush and a teeny tiny bit of cover-up to line the outside of your already over-lined lips. You won’t believe how much your lipstick will pop.
8. Don’t skip the lip balm
Your lips are delicate, so they need to be hydrated inside and out. Drink your water (see point 2), and then swipe on a lip balm that will soften your lips. Healthy lips will reach their fullest potential.
Iris & Romeo Power Peptide Lip Balm
$26 at irisandromeo.com
IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment
$25 at IT Cosmetics